Her debut novel relates the stories of people who took the notorious but lucrative email scam route to riches in Nigeria, and author Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani says her work was an attempt to present the human
side of the story that may have left many a people bankrupt.
Adaobi's novel I Do Not Come To You by Chance is an insider's account into Nigeria's '419 frauds', as they are called, and was adjudged the regional winner for Africa for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize this year.
In the capital recently for the final ceremony of the Commonwealth Prize, which she lost to Australian Glenda Guest, Nwaubani hopes her success helps by example, the many Nigerian writers who have failed to get the deserved recognition as they do not have the backing of any major publishers.
"The book is about the struggles for survival that led many people in Nigeria take up the email scam route, and how the riches, no matter ill-gotten, changed their lives and the society," she said.
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